Mariah Carey to Direct and Star in a Hallmark Channel Christmas Movie

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Mariah Carey to direct and star in a Hallmark Channel Christmas movie

The All I Want for Christmas singer will begin filming Mariah Carey’s Christmas Project in October. The film will mark Carey’s directorial debut, and her first acting role since The Butler in 2013.

The Leftovers
Season 2 details revealed

“Season 1 is about how a family fell apart, and Season 2 is about how they come back together,” says Damon Lindelof. PLUS: HBO has also released a lengthy description of the second season, and check out Season 2 photos.

Comedy Central is charging big bucks for Jon Stewart’s final Daily Show

Advertisers have to pay for packages as costly as $2 million if they want a spot on Stewart’s farewell show.

HBO boss is optimistic about The Sopranos creator’s next project — and another season of Curb Your Enthusiasm

HBO programming chief Michael Lomaardo has “seen pages” of David Chase’s A Ribbon of Dreams, set in the early Hollywood film industry. “I think he has something really unbelievable but we have to figure out if is it a limited series or an open-ended series,” he says. As for another season of Curb, Lombardo says of Larry David: “I don’t think it’s out of his system.”

HBO’s Martin Scorsese-Mick Jagger rock ‘n’ roll drama now has a title: Vinyl

Bobby Cannavale and Olivia Wilde will star in the music drama, set to premiere in 2016. PLUS: Mick Jagger’s son is also a cast member.

co-creator: “We certainly considered returning for a fifth season”

“I always said that when the story was told, it would be time to move on, and that time has come,” Jonathan Tropper said today in a statement.

Ted Nugent calls Jimmy Kimmel a “lying punk” for his Cecil the Lion killer rant

Meanwhile, Kimmel is being called “late-night’s true hero” after his rant went viral.

Betty White to host Discovery Family’s “Pawgust”

All next month, White will introduce animal-themed series, specials and movies.

Luke Perry will avoid Lifetime’s The Unauthorized Beverly Hills 90210 Story

“I don’t even watch my own actual self on TV. Why would I watch (this)? No, I don’t see it happening,” he says.

Robert Rodriguez on Demi Lovato joining From Dusk Till Dawn: “She’s going to be a badass”

“I’ve known her since she read for Spy Kids 3,” says Rodriguez, adding that he’ll direct her episode.

HBO announces fall documentary lineup

They include San Francisco 2.0 and 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets.

When The Daily Show’s ratings decline, Trevor Noah shouldn’t be blamed

Many of Jon Stewart’s fans will probably not stick around, says Tim Goodman. And Noah’s fans will probably be too young to watch The Daily Show on TV at a certain time.

Coming to CBS Saturday mornings: The Inspectors and Chicken Soup For the Soul’s Hidden Heroes

The CBS Dream Team lineup is adding a United States Postal Inspection Service crime series and a teen hidden camera show hosted by Brooke Burke-Charvet.

Don’t mess with Little Women!

Responding to CW’s planned “gritty” take on the 1868 Louisa May Alcott novel, Colette Bancroft says: “If the people involved in this want to make the zillionth iteration of that tired story, fine. But why, oh why, would they appropriate the title and character names of the most beloved book of my childhood, and a lot of other people’s, for a TV series that has not the remotest resemblance to Alcott’s classic?”

Summer TV has been a hot mess this year

From Astronaut Wives Club to True Detective, this summer of television hasn’t been anything special.

How realistic is Proof?

The TNT series about a surgeon played by Jennifer Beals who explores life after death consulted with the University of Virginia’s Division of Perceptual Studies, one of only two university-affiliated labs in the country still doing parapsychology research.

William Shatner’s new documentary tells how Star Trek: TNG was almost killed by Gene Roddenberry

Chaos on the Bridge tells of the shaky early years of The Next Generation series.

E! News
drops Alicia Quarles

The New York correspondent is done after three years on the job.

In praise of Twinning

The VH1 twin competition reality show is perfect trash TV.

Check out Billy Eichner before he was “on the Street”

Before Billy on the Street, Eichner would spoof such reality shows as Project Runway and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

Bob Odenkirk designed a Better Call Saul shirt

You can buy the “Esteem” T-shirt at the official Better Call Saul store.

Watch a promo for The Knick Season 2

The Cinemax series will drop by San Francisco next season.

How did Andy Daly approach Season 2 of Review With Forrest MacNeil after a long time off?

“In season 1,” he says, “I think we saw Forrest with a pretty good, functioning, pre-existing life that Review destroyed. So season 2 finds him trying to build a new life, while simultaneously doing this show.”